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All the news that doesn't fit

   • At the reopening of the New Orleans Recreation Department's Lyons Center last week, Mayor Mitch Landrieu, in shirtsleeves, shot some hoops in the refurbished gym and cut a ribbon before heading out to the pool. There, the photo-op-friendly mayor stripped down to trunks before clasping the hands of neighborhood kids and making the inaugural plunge. Unlike his fellow swimmers, Landrieu kept his T-shirt on in the pool ...

   • Lt. Gov. Holden? East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Kip Holden, a Democrat, told The Advocate last week he was "80 percent sure" he would jump into the 2015 race for Louisiana lieutenant governor. Holden has served in both branches of the state Legislature and is in his third term as top cat of East Baton Rouge Parish ...

   • Weed whacked: A bill by state Rep. Austin Badon, D-New Orleans, would have reduced the penalties for simple possession of marijuana, but the measure didn't receive enough votes to be debated in the Senate and thus died June 6. ...

   • A new report from the League of American Bicyclists and the Sierra Club on "the changing face of bicycling" cited statistics in a 2012 report from the Annals of Behavioral Medicine to claim, "In New Orleans, the installation of a bike lane on South Carrollton Street [sic] dramatically increased the number of diverse riders, including a 135 percent growth in youth, 115 percent rise in female and 51 percent increase in African-American bicyclists." ...

   • Carnival news: The Krewe of Choctaw announced it would leave its traditional West Bank route next year to parade on the traditional Uptown route — joining the Krewe of Alla, which already had announced a similar decision. Meanwhile, a new version of the Krewe of Freret, which last rolled in the 1990s, will be back in 2014 pending City Council approval ...

— Kevin Allman


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